Fingerling Potatoes and Green Beans with Lemon Dill Dressing

In preparation for the state fair, I’ve been trying to up my daily vegetable intake.

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Like if I over do it on the veggies now, all those cheese curds and doussants I’m going to eat will basically be canceled out.

Same theory as if I’m good all year, Santa will bring me presents, but as soon as Christmas is over, I’m allowed to misbehave a little bit until the next year technically starts. Continue reading

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

I know obesity is a problem in our country. But for some reason, I still found it shocking when I read that the average American gains 1-3 pounds a year after age 20.

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It might not seem like a lot, but think about it, if you are a 5’5″ female with a weight of 130 at age 20, by the time you’re thirty, you could be up to 160 pounds.  Continue reading

Lighter Chicken Pot Pies

Happy New Year!

As we dive into 2012, which is already promising to be a succulent and satisfying year for me, I find myself wanting a break from all the sugar-frosted sweet things I’ve been consuming and jumping on the bandwagon with all those who have a new year’s resolution to eat healthier.

How long this will last remains to be seen, but I have always been an advocate for the fact that healthy food is also delicious food, and despite what Paula Dean may have to say, you do not, in fact, need to use that entire stick of butter to create a tasty meal in your own home.

With the holiday ending, I’ve also found myself swimming in leftovers. The half-carved rotisserie chicken I used to make BBQ chicken pizza, the veggies left over from the veggies and dip platter, and the puff pastry sheet I didn’t use when I made (and subsequently parked myself in front of) baked brie.

Since moving into my very first apartment, I am determined to be all grown up and economical, so I sat and pondered what the heck I could make that would use up such a random assortment of leftover ingredients. Continue reading